The way it works is, our Redskins-loving staff makes predictions in the post, readers make predictions in the comments, and the commenter who comes closest to the final score gets to make a guest post. Hip-hip!
Chris Mottram: Cowboys, 34-23
There’s not a single reason I can find to believe the Skins will win this game: The Cowboys are better by a large margin on offense, a small margin on defense and the game is in Dallas. Skins are six-point underdogs; it won’t be that close.
Matt Terl: Cowboys, 28-20
Oh, is this team still playing football games? I thought it had become a theoretical framework on which to hang our views on the intersection of racism and modern branding. I guess the football stuff is cool too.
JP Finlay: Skins, 34-30
I’m going to Vegas for this one. This line opened at Dallas -2.5 and jumped to 5.5 or 6 in most places. Most people are drooling over betting the Cowboys, and usually when that happens most people are wrong. Not sure RG3 and friends can win, but I definitely think they cover.
Skins have some factors I like heading to JerryWorld, foremost Cowboys are due an emotional letdown after that heartbreaker last week. Dallas and Romo played their best last week, and still lost; that will linger.
Andy Peden: Cowboys, 38-24
I really want to believe that the bye week gave RGIII the extra time he needed to get back to 100% and he is going to light up Dallas like it’s Thankgiving. But I’m a realist and we aren’t going to score enough to keep up.
Todd Davis: Skins, 28-27
It really doesn’t make sense, but last year’s sweep and the fact the Skins MVP is going to be wearing #9 and a star on his helmet has really boosted my outlook in this one.
Jack Kogod: Skins, 27-21
I have no good reason for this.
Me: Cowboys, 31-20
Every week should be bye week.
Special guest (and Cowboys fan) Brad Parker: Cowboys, 27-21
There are three undefeated teams in the league, and the Cowboys have lost to two of them by a combined four points. The DC football team has one win, and in that game they trailed Oakland 14-0. Everything about this screams Washington win, especially the bye week for Shanny and RGIII’s knee. I really should go reverse jinx here but …
Composite prediction: Cowboys, 30-25